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Sat
22
Sep

Going broke in Holyoke

We can't win 'em all, and never has that been more true than in recent months in this newspaper business of ours.
For starters, at the annual Colorado Press Association convention this week, we won our share of awards - perhaps more.
But we didn't win the big one.
We were shooting for our third straight year of being named best in our class, which judges us against newspapers our size in Colorado. We walked away with the Editorial Excellence award, but got bested by the Holyoke Enterprise for best in class.
Admittedly, I don't know nuthin' about that paper. And, even though I was born in the Centennial State and have traveled around most of it, I had to do the Google on the intraweb to find Holyoke on the map.
It would be one thing to be beat out by the Post or Gazette, or even the Daily Sentinel for that matter. At least I'd know what we were up against.
But Holyoke? That's like going into the ring blindfolded.

Sat
22
Sep

Breaking the chains of routine, “flying exultantly under the stars”

“We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." John Steinbeck: “Travels With Charley.”

Sat
22
Sep

One toke over the state line

In its "Perspective" section Sunday, journalists at the Denver Post came out swinging at their owner, Digital First Media. Headlines blazed with revolt against the venture capitalist firm that will lay off another two dozen newsroom employees this week, piling up over seven dozen layoffs in that department in the past three years.
"Colo. should demand the newspaper it deserves," read one headline. "Who will step up and save The Denver Post?" read another. "Journalists don't protest. But this time is different," read yet another.
The pride of the Post, a 125-year Colorado tradition, has had its victories in recent years. It won the Denver and, yes, state war for newspaper dominance when the Rocky Mountain News, established in 1859, published its last edition on Feb. 27, 2009. Since 2000, the Post has won five of its nine Pulitzer Prizes, pulling down four in a row from 2010-2013.
But will its journalists win a battle with the people who hold the purse strings?

Tue
17
Apr

On the move again

Here we go again, although it's been three years since we last said that.
The lease for our 8th Avenue office is up at the end of May. We could have renewed for another three years, but it's a lot of space, and usually I'm the only one there. Literally, there are weeks where I can count on one finger the number of visitors we get. So much is done by mail, email, phone and the interweb.
The building's ownership will, from what we're told, change hands at the beginning of May, and that was the final kick to send us scurrying for office space. If you think it's difficult to find affordable housing, try affordable or available commercial space!
We found a spot, a bit tucked away, in the Old School House in Ridgway. There's a lot going on in the new building. RIGS Fly Shop is front and center. Behind it is Middleton Accounting, Kaadi Massage, Weehawken's dance classes and probably something else I haven't seen.

Tue
17
Apr

The medium is the message

I read a few things that got me thinking about the Denver Post, bloodletting, local journalism, craft beer and social media.
One was in the Colorado Springs Gazette this week, penned by its editor, Vince Bzdek. He noted how thankful he is that the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper he works for is owned by a Coloradan who has a stake in the state and ultimately skin in the game when it comes to the Gazette and its community.
Surrounding this, Bzdek spends much of his piece hammering the ownership of the Denver Post, which recently cut 30 more newsroom positions, for a total of 75 newsroom cuts in the past three years, by what Bzdek terms a "vulture capitalist" firm, one that has also been playing Whack-A-Mole on journalists at the Oakland Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Orange County Register.

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

The enemy within

"Alan!" she pushed from the bottom of her lungs in a hurried whisper, immediately waking me from deep sleep. She rarely calls me by my name, unless there's trouble, and it's usually due to trouble that I've created.
"Alan!" she screams again in her loudest whispered tone. I give her the attention any man gives his wife at times like these…that cautioned, certain look that says something's wrong and I'm about to be told it's my fault.
"I was sitting in the living room reading and I heard the garage door open," she said.
Well, that gets me off the hook.
"Which one?" I asked, sitting up in bed, suddenly refocused on the fact that she said my name twice instead of the half-dozen or so names she uses depending on the occasion.
"Mine," she said, meaning the overhead door on the side of the garage where she pulls in.
"What time is it?" I ask.

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

The desensitization of killing

Dear Editor,

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

Time to outlaw automatic weapons

Dear Editor,
It is time for Congress to stand up against the NRA and outlaw individual possession of automatic weapons. This could be difficult for some members of the Colorado Congressional delegation because individuals have received up to $3.7 million in campaign contributions from the NRA. The fire power available today was not imagined when the 2nd Amendment was added to the Constitution. By ignoring the availability of automatic weapons, Congress is as guilty as an individual shooter for the murder of our children, their teachers, concert attendees, church members and far too many others. The Florida students are taking the lead in shaming Congress for not putting an end to this carnage. It is time, for the all too often silent majority, to speak up and contact Congress on this issue.

Patricia Miller
Ridgway

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

Held hostage by the NRA

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to yet another mass shooting carried out with an assault weapon and in response to those who are against an assault weapon ban. If you are not able to defend your home with a pistol, shotgun and hunting rifle, then there is no hope for you. The addition of an assault weapon will not help. You are already free to hunt, target shoot, be a gun collector and have guns for self-defense. Why must you also have an assault weapon?

Your desire to “play soldier” and demand access to these types of weapons is enabling truly unhinged people to easily and legally get access to these weapons of mass destruction to kill our fellow citizens and children.

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

Funding mental health

Dear Editor,
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner along with many other Republican leaders have called for expanded mental health programs to help prevent the kinds of shootings such as occurred in Parkland, Florida, last week. Unfortunately very few Republican politicians have actually supported funding of any kind for mental health care. An example of this lack of commitment was displayed by Colorado State Senate Republicans who in committee unanimously voted down funding for a school based suicide prevention program (SB-18-114) on the same day as the Parkland tragedy. Republicans calling for more mental health services is really a dodge which they use to avoid tackling the thorny issue of gun control, an issue complicated by the fact that many, including Sen. Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton, receive significant campaign contributions from the gun lobby.

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